Forever Bold, Maroon and Gold Homecoming 2015

The embodiment of ASU spirit, pride, and tradition, Sun Devils from across the nation came together to celebrate homecoming, proclaiming “Forever bold, maroon and gold!”

New College’s theme this year was: building a better you to build a better world. New College portrayed this to the letter with their homecoming float, a gigantic globe guided by the very students impacted by New College’s mission. In celebration of ASU’s commitment to sustainability, an electric vehicle accompanied the New College float during the parade.asu-homecoming-2015-47

New College’s block party tent welcomed the public to participate in spinning a trivia wheel for prizes, playing beanbag toss, and enjoying cotton candy from CALL, the Communication Assessment and Learning Lab. The booth hosted over 1,000 visitors throughout the course of the day. Each of the three schools: the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences were featured in the tent. In addition to experiencing cool crafts from each of the schools, Sun Devils were also able to leave their mark on the world by painting a larger-than-life mural of where they have been or want to travel to in their future. Giant Jenga also presented a fun challenge for patrons.

asu-homecoming-2015-10A hallmark accomplishment for the school, New College’s own Paige Herbert was selected as one of two women to win the title of this year’s Homecoming Royalty. In honor of gender liberty this is the first year that the university did away with the traditional king and queen titles. The Sun Devils mounted a come-from-behind win over Washington State in the Homecoming game, a bold victory for the maroon and gold.

To view more photos go to our ASU New College Facebook page album.



New College hosting professor for discussion on interrogation reform

One of the most pressing questions facing those working in the military, intelligence, and law enforcement communities is how to develop methods of interrogation that are able to identify the guilty and the knowledgeable, while avunnamedoiding compelling false confessions from the innocent or being misled by the culpable.

Dr. Christian Meissner, a professor at Iowa State University, has done extensive research on reforming interrogation methods using an ethical and evidence-based approach that focus on building rapport, ascertaining credibility, and helping recover memories in subjects.

On Nov 19, New College will host Dr. Meissner as he will discusses research in interrogation reform covering the results of studies performed both in the laboratory and in the field as well as important contributions and collaborations in this area. Dr. Meissner has served on advisory panels for the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and serves on the board of several academic journals. The talk will be held in CLCC 256 at 3:00 pm with a meet-and-greet preceding it  at 2:30 pm.


Extra! Extra! Read all about it! ASU Professor Brian Sullivan hops his way on to front page news!

bsullivanIt’s mating season! All over the valley, toads have been emerging to the surface to find love. New College professor Brian Sullivan is featured in local magazine “In & Out” for his work with the amphibians. While the increasing number of toads may seem fun to catch, you won’t find a “Prince Charming” in this bunch. In fact, Sullivan clues us in on the dangers of these bouncing creatures.

With their excessive mating calls ringing throughout the night, various species of toads have begun to breed at what Sullivan calls an “explosive” rate. They are poisonous by nature, possessing toxins in their skin to ward off predators. It is important to remember to wash your hands after having any contact with the amphibians, and watch your pets around these creatures. The toxins toads create can be poisonous and even fatal to “man’s best friend.” According to Sullivan, domestic dogs are less likely to recognize the dangers of poisonous prey.

To read the full-length article “A Good Year to be a Toad Here” featuring Professor Sullivan’s work, click here. The link leads to the magazine issue itself where the article is featured, and can be found on pages 9-10 of the PDF.

STEAM lecture series coming to West campus!

15035814530_939dd376de_oWho are we? What are we doing? What are we capable of? These are just a few of the questions that are being discussed in a set of philosophical discussions and lectures hosted at ASU’s West campus. The Herberger Young Scholars Academy, working in partnership with the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences will be hosting the 2015-2016 STEAM lecture series. This year’s topic is “What it means to be human” and will explore perspectives about the human experience through the lens of science and the arts. The series is meant to engage the wider ASU community in a series of thought-provoking discussions that inspire us to come up with new and original ideas about human identity and human ability. The series will feature an assortment of scientists and artists as they discuss and take questions on their view of the human experience from the perspective of their respective fields.

Speakers include artist Jeffery Kennedy on Nov. 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Lecture Hall 110 at ASU’s West campus, and anthropologist Dr. Gary Schwartz on Dec. 14 at the same time and location. The lectures include a Q&A session at its conclusion. Food and drink will be provided at all events.

ELLIS Film Screening


Embark on a journey back to the beginning. “ELLIS,” an independent film staring Academy Award winner Robert De Niro recounting the early history of Ellis Island, will be screened at ASU’s West campus on Nov. 16. Written by Academy Award winner Eric Roth, the film integrates “Unframed” art installations from director and artist JR, illustrating the momentous trials of immigrants and exemplifying the foundation of America.

Screened as a part of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, “ELLIS” has also been featured in the 2015 New Yorker Film Festival. Following the experience of one immigrant, the film examines the expeditions of those who came to Ellis Island and were deferred travel, being placed in a hospital until they either recovered, or were deemed too unhealthy to enter the country. In the latter case, the traveler as well as their entire traveling party would be sent back to their home country.

The community screening of the film at ASU’s West campus will be on Nov. 16, 2015 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the University Center Building room 265/266. Admission is free to the public.

Following the film screening Patricia Clark, faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program at ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, will lead a discussion about the film and her recent artistic work “Cuba A Través De Mi Ventana,” a collection of video art, experimental documentary, interactive installation, and archival printed works featuring Cuban culture. The discussion will also include hands-on game design centered around immigration.